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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Biotech Talks Advance

MONTREAL -- Negotiators trying to forge the first global treaty regulating trade in genetically modified products have tentatively agreed to eliminate a proposal requiring exporters of genetically modified crops like corn and soybeans to obtain permission in advance from each importing country.

Under the preliminary agreement, information about such crops would be posted to a central clearinghouse. It would be up to each country to decide whether to ban the imports.

The mood is raising hopes that an agreement on a biosafety protocol can be reached by the self-imposed deadline of Friday.